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 No study of Canadian tax shelter films would be complete without a zany snobs-vs.-slobs sex comedy. Hog Wild more or less fulfills that purpose by pitting a young Michael Biehn and his nerdy cohorts against the least threatening group of bikers in the history of cinema. At this point we know full well that nothing warms the cockles of Dan’s heart like pratfalls and foodights and the film delivers in spades. Meanwhile, Alex rails against the perceived threat of CGI nudity, we discuss the Mario cartoon / live-action hybrid, our respective graduation songs and Jian Ghomeshi’s soothing monologues.

If you’re in Montreal this week, be sure to check out our live show! We’ll be introducing a 16mm screening of Saturn 3 at the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre on April 27th! Entrance is 8$ with a free drink!

Music this week is Wild Rose Country by Holland Creek. You can download their album Houses for FREE here.

Direct download: Why_Does_It_Exist_-_021_-_Hog_Wild.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

This week we welcome our friend David Bertrand of the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre to the studio / bedroom for a viewing of the oft-overlooked Canadian tax shelter classic Tanya’s Island. Although mostly taking place on an unnamed island (actually Puerto Rico), Canadian money and ‘talent’ was used in this tale of a dream-like love triangle between a beardo, Prince protégée Vanity and a giant fucking (literally) cave-dwelling ape. Although we struggled to identify the Canadian identity of this erotic classic, we struggled even more with trying to wrap our minds around its many intricacies. The shortest episode of Why Does It Exist thus far, perhaps, but probably the densest.

David Bertrand is a writer, filmmaker, musician and Renaissance man who has run a funky movie theater out of his Montreal apartment for the last two years. The adventure is ending in mid-May, so you have but a scant few weeks to make the best out of Blue Sunshine!

Music this week provided by Alice & The Intellects. The song ‘Make it Better’ off their album Balloon Ride can be downloaded for free at their Bandcamp.

Direct download: Why_Does_It_Exist_-_020_-_Tanyas_Island.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

After a brief (yet predictable) MIA spell for Dan, Why Does It Exist? returns for a month-long foray into the exciting world of Canuxploitation and more specifically of tax-shelter films from 1978 to 1982. Capital Cost April begins in full swing with Tomorrow Never Comes, a Montreal-shot hostage thriller that essentially plays out like a low-wattage Dog Day Afternoon with 100% more cans of Molson Export. A whispery, roast-beefesque Oliver Reed leads negotiations with the unhinged Stephen McHattie as he holds his ex-girlfriend (Susan George of Straw Dogs infamy, wailing hysterically as always) hostage. Lots of character actors are trotted out to give exposition, everybody sweats a whole bunch and the rebellious spirit of 1978 Laval is stamped out in favour of non-descript suburban nonsense.

Direct download: Why_Does_It_Exist_-_019_-_Tomorrow_Never_Comes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

If, like us, the sight of Ringo Starr sitting in Peter Sellers’ lap sends you in a tizzy, you’ll certainly enjoy this week’s episode. The Magic Christian features everyone’s favorite diminutive drummer as a homeless urchin who is adopted by the richest man in the world. Together, they run around the English countryside paying people to do humiliating things, like eating parking tickets and various other wacky 60’s things. It ends with everyone literally swimming around in poop. Yul Brynner like you’ve never seen him! Norah Paré (Alex’s girlfriend and Ringo super-fan) joins us for a classy, classy viewing of this forgotten slice of 60’s nonsense.

The featured artist this week is CTZNSHP. The song ‘On a Roll’ from their Swan Dive EP can be found here. The band will be recording a new album in the spring, so keep your eyes peeled!

Direct download: Why_Does_It_Exist_-_018_-_The_Magic_Christian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

If, like us, the sight of Ringo Starr sitting in Peter Sellers’ lap sends you in a tizzy, you’ll certainly enjoy this week’s episode. The Magic Christian features everyone’s favorite diminutive drummer as a homeless urchin who is adopted by the richest man in the world. Together, they run around the English countryside paying people to do humiliating things, like eating parking tickets and various other wacky 60’s things. It ends with everyone literally swimming around in poop. Yul Brynner like you’ve never seen him! Norah Paré (Alex’s girlfriend and Ringo super-fan) joins us for a classy, classy viewing of this forgotten slice of 60’s nonsense.

The featured artist this week is CTZNSHP. The song ‘On a Roll’ from their Swan Dive EP can be found here. The band will be recording a new album in the spring, so keep your eyes peeled!

Direct download: Why_Does_It_Exist_-_018_-_The_Magic_Christian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

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